WikiLeaks Shows That Encryption Works, Even Against Spooks.

Last week, the world saw another bombshell announcement from WikiLeaks. Per their tweets and resulting confidential data dump, it was readily apparent that the CIA had amassed techniques for breaking into many kinds of digital devices imaginable: smartphones and computers, yes, but also things connected to the internet, like smart TVs (perhaps they’ve looked into […] read more

Horizon BCBSNJ HIPAA Charge Over Two Laptops Settled For $1.1 Million.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) has settled a data breach that affected approximately 690,000 New Jersey residents. This data breach was noted on this blog not too long ago: In January, the Third Circuit Appellate Court declared that a lawsuit against the insurer could proceed because the “improper disclosure” of […] read more

US Government Committee Concludes (Yet Again) That Encryption Backdoors Undesirable.

As the year draws to a close – and what a year! – we finally have some good, sensible news: the US government has found that “any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest,” and so encryption backdoors are an untenable scenario. This should be the final and decisive nail to the coffin […] read more

California Accountants Hacked To File Fraudulent Tax Returns.

Time has shown that all types of businesses are targets for hacking. The big ones, because they have money. The small and medium-sized businesses, because they have money, although less of it than big enterprises. Stories of phishing or hacking into computers that host electronic banking activities have popped up in the news frequently. Here’s […] read more

HIPAA Breach: Burglaries Happen.

There are brazen thieves and then there is this guy: video footage from a security camera obtained by krgv.com shows a middle-aged man leisurely strolling back to his stolen truck with a stolen computer under his arm.  It’s because of instances like these that the use of HIPAA-grade disk encryption like AlertBoot’s managed encryption services […] read more

HIPAA Desktop Computer Encryption: Bay Area Pain Medical Associates Has HIPAA Breach.

Another incident that shows the importance of using HIPAA encryption software on desktop computers.  In addition, it shows why full disk encryption is preferential to file encryption. Medical Establishment Break-in Bay Area Pain Medical Associates, according to phiprivacy.net, has contacted patients that three desktop computers with patient data were stolen in May of this year.  […] read more